Flat Black Studios and White Rabbit announce two-day festival

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Flat Black Studios — Friday, Aug. 18 and Saturday, Aug. 19

Luke Tweedy prepares to build a stage off the back of his recording studio just south of Iowa City. Sunday, June 18, 2017. — photo by Zak Neumann.

Luke Tweedy has been recording music for over a decade — first in his home studio in Iowa City and now at his “rural recording resort” in a remodeled barn on his property near Lone Tree. The new studio is complete with accommodations to house bands while they record and a screen printing studio poised to make merchandise run by Tweedy’s wife, White Rabbit proprietor Courtney Widen.

The couple’s next endeavor is Grey Area, a two-day festival happening Aug. 18-19 that will feature a host of midwestern bands from a variety of genres that have recorded at Flat Black Studios. There will also be DJ sets and electronic music, jugglers, fireworks and more.¬†

“Something between the mother of all parties and a mini music festival, Grey Area is a celebration of some of the Midwest’s most talented and hardest working musicians,” Tweedy said in an announcement for the event.

Tweedy is currently hard at work constructing a stage off the back of his new studio, carving out campgrounds and prepping areas for vendors.

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Grey Area is being sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon, Lagunitas, Wake Up Iowa Coffee, Trumpet Blossom Cafe and The Musician’s Pro Shop. The fun starts Aug. 18 at 5 p.m.; tickets are $25. Camping is encouraged and any proceeds after the performers are paid will go to charity.


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